Finally, Presidency reacts to the shooting in the Villa, says Buhari not in danger

Garba Shehu

The Presidency has assured Nigerians that  President Muhammadu Buhari is not in any form of danger just as it acknowledges concerns expressed by several members of the public regarding the recent incident among occupants of the State House, which escalation led to the arrest of some staff by the police. 

The statement to this effect by the Presidency, was coming on the heels of the fracas between the wife of the president, Aisha, and one of the president's aides over the need for him to self-isolate after embarking on a trip outside of the Federal Capital Territory in line with the protocol on combating the novel coronavirus. 

The development however led to shooting in the President and would later degenerate to arrest of the security aide of the wife of the president.

The statement by the Presidency, which came after a long silence on the matter, and was signed by the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, reads in part:

"This is to assure all and everyone that the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Muhammadu Buhari, is not, and was not at anytime in any form of danger arising, either from deadly infections or the reported incident by security personnel, which is currently under investigation. 

"This particular incident happened outside the main residence of the President.

"Armed guards and other security personnel assigned to the State House receive the necessary training of especially weapons handling and where they come short, their relevant agencies have their rules and regulations to immediately address them.

"Having authorized the proper investigation to be carried out into this unfortunate incident by the Police, the President has acted in compliance with the rule of law.

"That a minor occurrence is being used by some critics to justify attacks on the government and the person of President Muhammadu Buhari beggars belief.

"In this particular instance, the President says the law should be allowed to take its course."


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